Politics | Through reclusive Wa state, China’s reach extends into Myanmar
  • Blast of color: Ethnic Akha women march at a festival in a village outside Pansang, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 3, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
    Blast of color: Ethnic Akha women march at a festival in a village outside Pansang, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 3, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
  • Hair-raising moment: Ethnic Wa performers dressed as United Wa State Army soldiers perform a traditional dance in Mongmao, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 1, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
    Hair-raising moment: Ethnic Wa performers dressed as United Wa State Army soldiers perform a traditional dance in Mongmao, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 1, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
  • People dress in traditional style attend a festival in a village outside Pansang, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 3, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
    People dress in traditional style attend a festival in a village outside Pansang, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 3, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
  • In tune: United Wa State Army soldiers during a media display in Panghsang, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 4, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
    In tune: United Wa State Army soldiers during a media display in Panghsang, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 4, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
  • Mini me: A boy dressed as a United Wa State Army soldier sits in a market at Mongmao, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
    Mini me: A boy dressed as a United Wa State Army soldier sits in a market at Mongmao, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
  • Bilingual bid: A child holds a book during a Chinese language lesson in a school at Namtit, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar November 30, 2016. Photo:Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
    Bilingual bid: A child holds a book during a Chinese language lesson in a school at Namtit, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar November 30, 2016. Photo:Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
  • Armed and deadly: United Wa State Army soldier holds a weapon as he marches during a festival in a village outside Pansang, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 3, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
    Armed and deadly: United Wa State Army soldier holds a weapon as he marches during a festival in a village outside Pansang, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 3, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
  • A boy walks down a road as he looks for his oxen in Mongmao, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 1, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
    A boy walks down a road as he looks for his oxen in Mongmao, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 1, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
  • Children leave school in Namtit, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar November 30, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
    Children leave school in Namtit, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar November 30, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
  • Homeward bound: Children leave school in Namtit, Wa territory. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
    Homeward bound: Children leave school in Namtit, Wa territory. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
  • A man kills a water buffalo for a festival in a village outside Pansang, Wa. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
    A man kills a water buffalo for a festival in a village outside Pansang, Wa. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
  • Little burden: A woman carries her baby in a village outside Pansang, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 3, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
    Little burden: A woman carries her baby in a village outside Pansang, Wa territory in northeast Myanmar October 3, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun

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